Paul Chamberlain’s transition of musical interest from pop and glam rock
began in 1973 when he heard the late Alan (Fluff) Freeman play Hendrix's
'Star Spangled Banner' one Saturday afternoon on the BBC.
At a impressionable 14
years of age, a flirtation with progressive rock followed, particularly
with 'Emerson, Lake & Palmer', 'King Crimson' 'Pink Floyd' and 'Yes',
until a year later a school friend played Paul 'Burn', the then new album
from Deep Purple, and since then his thirst for rock has been
After leaving school, Paul worked in
photographic retail by day, and frequented clubs, pubs, and larger venues
in and around London by night, he even roadied briefly for a Leeds based
all-female new wave band.
In the early eighties
Paul chanced upon a North London radio station and, after being invited to
look around, was duped into making a demo that was broadcast that weekend.
He was invited to join the team and from the outset sought to bring more
than the mainstream to his shows. Bands that were rarely heard on the UK
shores like Molly Hatchet and Doc Holliday
A few months later, Paul
joined an Essex based station and met Steve Price. A huge friendship and
mutual crusade of rock music 'Southern' ensued. Paul also had his own
project as well. Eventually, all good things came to an end.
By the early nineties,
Paul was self employed as a photographer and moved to the Essex coast.
When the work dried up, he was presented with the opportunity to work with
In 2002, Paul moved back to the family home in
Chingford and worked at a day care centre for adults and children with
special needs and disabilities, experience which would prove invaluable
closer to home just eight years later.
has also studied -and is now qualified - as a publishing editor, which will
be handy if Paul ever writes his memoirs.
Paul has spent some time
in the southeast United States and has met many of the bands featured on his
shows. Would he consider living there?
“As much as I love
Florida, especially away from the theme parks, I would probably settle near
Helen, Georgia at the base of The Appalachians. The State lines of
Tennessee, North Carolina and even Alabama are within easy driving distance
and the scenery is breathtaking, especially when you drive through the Great
Smoky Mountains. It must appeal to the hillbilly in me!”
“I love travelling around
away from the tourist hotspots. April and I called into a McDonalds
somewhere in North Carolina once and our accent stopped the traffic. I guess
they don’t get many Brits passing through. Even in a restaurant in St.
Augustine, Florida locals were coming up to our table just to talk to us.
Everyone is so welcoming over there.”
Paul’s Southern musical influences are classic bands like Blackfoot, The
Allman Brothers Band, Outlaws, Molly Hatchet, .38 Special, Doc Holliday and
Lynyrd Skynyrd plus new talent such as Preacher Stone and Hogjaw.
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